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The Muslimah Attends Eid Prayers

Posted on: August 29, 2011

In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

The Muslimah Attends Eid Prayers

Islam has honoured woman and made her equal with man as regards obligatory acts of worship.

Women are also encouraged to attend public gatherings on Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, so that they may take part in these blessed occasions.

This is demonstrated in a number of Hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim, in which we see that the Prophet (PBUH) commanded that all the women should come out on these occasions, including adolescent and prepubescent girls, those who usually remained in seclusion, and virgins; he even commanded that menstruating women should come out, to take part in the joyous occasion, but they were to keep away from the prayer-place itself. His concern that all women should attend the prayer on the two Eids was so great that he ordered the one who had more than one jilbab (outer garment) to give one to her sister who had none. In this way he encouraged both the attendance of all women at Eid prayers and mutual support and help to do good and righteous deeds.

Umm `Atiyyah said:  

“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) commanded us to bring out to the Eid prayers the adolescent and prepubescent girls, those who usually remained in seclusion, and virgins, and he ordered those who were menstruating to keep away from the prayer-place.” 34

“We (women) used to be commanded to go out on the two Eids, including those who usually stayed in seclusion, and virgins. The menstruating women went out too, and stayed behind the people, joining in the takbirat.”

“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) commanded us to take them out on Eid al-Fitr and Eid alAdha, the adolescent and prepubescent girls, the menstruating women, and those who usually remained in seclusion, so that they could share in the festive occasions of the Muslims, but the menstruating women were not to pray. I said, `O Messenger of Allah
(PBUH), one of us does not have a jilbab.’ He said, `Let her sister dress her in one of her own jilbabs.’”

Bukhari reports: “Muhammad ibn Sallam told us that `Abd al-Wahhab reported from Ayyub from Hafsah bint Sirin, who said: `We used to prevent our prepubescent girls from going out on the two Eids’”.

A woman came and stayed at the castle of Banu Khalaf, and reported something from her sister. Her sister’s husband had taken part in twelve military campaigns with the Prophet (PBUH), and her sister herself had accompanied him on six of them. She said: “We used to take care of the sick and wounded.” Her sister asked the Prophet (PBUH): “Is there anything wrong if one of us does not have a jilbab and never goes out for that reason?” He said: “Let her friend give her one of her jilbabs, so that she can come out and join the righteous gatherings of the Muslims.”‘

34. Sahih Muslim, 8/100, kitab al-Hajj, bab istihbab al-tib qabl al-ihram.  
35. Sahih Muslim, 3/208, Kitab al-hayd, bab jawaz ghusl al-ha’id ra’as zawjiha wa tarjiluhu.  
36. Fath al-Bari, 1/403, Kitab al-hayd, bab mubashirah al-ha’id; Sahih Muslim, 3/209, Kitab alhayd, bab jawaz ghusl al-ha’id ra’as zawjiha.  

Excerpt from the Book “The Ideal Muslimah”

What’s Eid-ul-Fitr

 Ettiquettes of Eid

 Sunnah’s of Eid

 Ruling on Eid Prayer

 Guidance of Prophet Muhammad PBUH about Eid Prayer

 Description of Eid Prayer

 Can Woman Go out for Eid Prayers

 Mistakes Made on EID


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jazak ALLAH khair


jazakAllah khair ,thanks for sharing…


Why this is not possible in each and every masjid in INdia ?


Assalamualaikum(w.r.w.b), JazakAllah khair for this article, from this we come to know that women are recommended and encouraged to attend eid prayers but i would like to knw…what if the woman stays at home n wants to offer eid prayer…how will she offer them..?? will it be with the takbeers..or without them…?? kindly clarify


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